Africa Hotel Investment Forum

23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia

Monday 23 September 2019

At-a-glance →

14:00 - 14:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee in Sponsors’ Exhibition

14:30 - 15:00

Induction for Newcomers: How to get the most out of AHIF

15:00 - 17:00


15:00 - 17:00

SPACE x AHIF – A focus on Sustainable Real Estate

15:00 - 16:00

A look at sustainable real estate investments through the eyes of the investors.
Investments in energy efficient and self-sustainable real estate are often linked to higher initial costs and therefore a longer period of ROI. This session will look into deeper investment/cost analysis and the commitments needed in order to provide owner benefits, how the development process is managed and how this affects both CAPEX and the bottom line.  It will also explore how energy renewal and smart, connected buildings establish longer customer satisfaction and minimize the environmental footprint.

Cyril Jacob
Managing Director, Ascentis

In conversation with:

Michael Ghebru
Advisor of the Chairman, Sunshine Corporation

Kidus Mesfin Alemu
Project Coordinator, Enyi Hotel plc

16:00 - 17:00

Green financing: How to secure finance for your sustainable development project.
The financing landscape for environmental projects has changed dramatically in the past several years. The financial institutions are looking positively on sustainable projects – for both new builds and existing developments. How can you secure finance for green investment and development? Should investors consider branding? What tools are available to measure the savings on sustainable solutions and what is the best payback period in case studies for green finance?

Wessel Witthuhn
Director of Development & Construction, Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer

In conversation with:

Oteng Sebonego
Investment Director, Norsad Finance

15:30 - 17:00

GRIF x AHIF – A Focus on Hotel F&B

15:30 - 15:50
Setting the scene: Looking at what are the key trends and interesting developments in Hotel F&B around the world.

Stefan Breg
Group Strategy Director, Keane

15:50 – 16:20
Future of F&B in hotels
Looking at alternative business models such as JV, Revenue share, MA, LA, Franchise, Lease, Manchise?  How do you know which is for you and when do they work well? Are we seeing all day dining evolve as a consequence? What are some of the emerging trends in the industry which are likely to impact the African market?  Followed by Q&A with the audience.

Christian Abell
Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International

Emma Banks
VP Food & Beverage Strategy & Development EMEA, Hilton

16:20- 16:40
The Kitchen of the Future
The impact of reducing food waste through Artificial Intelligence, both on a business' bottom line and the global war against food waste. Uncovering the results of a long-term project with Emaar.

Tjalling van den Burger
Business Development Manager MEA, Winnow Solutions

16:40 – 17:00
What do you need to know when entering a franchise agreement?
Five golden key indicators for franchise success. Understanding the red flags, ensuring sustainable success and knowing what to look out for to find the right partner and right fit for your property.

David Singleton
Former Area Vice President, Franchise Operations & Development EMEA/South Asia, Hard Rock Cafe International

17:00 - 18:00



Meet over 30 new contacts in an hour!

18:30 - 21:00


Welcome Reception at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel